My recommendation for a great mixer is the Soundcraft EFX8. It is compact, well built, strong, reliable, and comes with great sounding Lexicon effects built into it. I have used a lot of delays for recording and experimentation purposes and prefer the spring reverb for live sound purposes. It also has a great sweeping midrange so you can really tune in your sound. I take this thing everywhere and use it for speeches, recitals, dj music, jazz gigs, acoustic gigs, etc. I have no doubts that this mixer will last forever!